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Abhiruchi Grill in LA: “Delicious” in Indian (or any language)

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(Gerry Furth-Sides) Think of this unusual name as “delicious” because this is what the name, “Abhiruchi”, the new Culver City southern Indian restaurant,  means in Indian.   It puts us in mind of Lum-Ka-Naad  (“delicious in Northern Thai dialect”) in Northridge which we first wrote about a dozen years ago and is now so well-known.

Abhiruchi is already arguably the best Indian restaurant in Los Angeles.  And this is not surprising since it is the same team behind Annapurna (vegetarian) down the street on Venice Boulevard and Chennai Corner in Artesia.

It is also so special because it focuses on an authentic, regional cuisine. Our favorite is the lacey paratha, which is prepared with thin strips of dough rolled into a spiral and fried on top of the stove with ghee or butter.  You can just about taste the bubbly pastry-like dough  — though the paratha is actually a form of flatbread.

Paratha originated in the Indian subcontinent because of the availability of wheat.  It is still eaten through India (Kerala,Tamil Nadu in the south particularly) and the neighboring Pakistan, of course once one country, Sri Lanka.  The name translates into “layers (part) of cooked dough (parat).”  It is pan fried in ghee or cooking oil.

Although I imagine I could finish a stack of paratha, during Ramadan, Muslims from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh)  breakfast on paratha to pack in calories for the day fast ahead.  Yikes.

I feel better about my pastry comparison because in Myanmar (Burma), a version called ‘palata’  is also eaten as a dessert with white sugar.  In fact, it sort of reminds me of a puff pastry, Palmier.

Paratha breakfasts are made even more filling when the paratha is stuffed with paneer (Indian cheese), vegetables, usually boiled potatoes, radish or cauliflower.  Pickles and yoghurt usually are on the plate, too. The delicious drink to go with paratha is lassi.

Parathas can also be rolled into a cylinder and dipped into tea in the afternoon.  They are popular as an evening street food snack in northern India.

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Biryani at Abhiruchi Grill is served with raita and a salad.  Below is Boneless Chicken Biryani ($12.95), with boiled egg and basmati rice cooked with basmati rice in a blend of Indian spices. (for details on this dish, please see  http://localfoodeater.com/seven-top-dishes-biryani-bowl-fremont-biryani)

There is also Vegetable Dum Biryani ($9.95), Chicken with the bone ($11.95), and  Goat Dum Biryani ($12.95)

Abhiruchi Grill Specials include Paratha with Chicken Curry ($11.95), Goat Curry ($12.95), Egg Masala ($10.95) or Vegetable Kurma ($9.95).

Appams, which are even more like pancakes have their own category on the menu.

One novelty item, also with lots of texture,  is the Chicken Lollypop ($10.95), a version of chicken drumsticks coated in spices and deep-fried.

The silver wrappers on the little legs can be seen in the shot below.  Here the dish is decorated with pretty greens and parsley.

Other entire categories include Vegetarian and non-Vegetarian curries and Tandoori dishes.  Chicken Tikka Masala ($11.95) features roasted chunks of chicken tikka cooked in a creamy, spiced sauce.


Other chicken curries in the same price range include Butter Chicken, Chicken Chettinadu, Andhra Chicken Curry; Chicken Kadai, Chicken Palak and Kodi Vepudu. The famous Chicken65 features boneless chicken cubes marinated in house spices and deep fried.


Indian filter coffee is a coffee drink made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter.

The coffee tasty, full-bodied and yet still light coffee is a special “drip-brewed” Madras Coffee, known as Kaapi (so named because it is  the South Indian phonetic way of saying “coffee” . It is delicious and tastes like a cappucino!

The drink also known as “Madras filter coffee, is prepared by combining frothed and boiled milk with the  “decoction” to filter out and dissolve the acidic chemicals.  One lidded cylinder metal cup of this two cup “filter system” has holes in the bottom fits into the other.

Coffee has been grown in Southern India since the 17th Century so there was time to develop this delicious drink.  And this is the best.





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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.